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Coreopsis is rugged, fast growing, and full of colorful flowers. No wonder it’s so popular—with butterflies and people alike.

trio of coreopsis

Coreopsis has a reputation of being a perennial flower gardener’s best friend. This tough, rapid-growing, drought-tolerant butterfly magnet is a long-blooming perennial. It’s also easygoing when it comes to soil, accepting anything but waterlogged soils. A prairie native, coreopsis is sometimes still called by its original name, tickseed, because of the seeds’ resemblance to ticks.

Good companions include salvia, veronica, helenium, sedum, and ornamental grasses.

burgundy and gold coreopsis

Plant Type: Perennial

Zones: 3 - 9

Height: 1–3 ft

Width: 18 in

Light Exposure: Full Sun

Bloom Color: Orange, Pink, Red, White, Yellow

Bloom Time: Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer

Foilage Color: Green

Special Features: Attracts Butterflies, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Pest Tolerant

Uses: Cut Flowers, Slope/Erosion, Landscape Feature


Growing Coreopsis

Mounded forms need no support. Upright columnar forms sometimes need staking with a ring support. Deadhead to promote reblooming. Divide plants every 2 to 3 years to keep plants vigorous. Avoid fertilizing to discourage floppy growth. Powdery mildew sometimes affects foliage. Remove any stems that show signs of this disease. Space plants appropriately for good air circulation.

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